We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Bird Dog ... It sounds to me as if you might be as annoyed as I am by this cheap proselytizing by the smug greenies. 'We' buy organic foods, even though they cost more, to save the earth [sorry folks, if the all food wasn't organic your bodies couldn't absorb it]; 'we' take only 3 minute showers to save the earth [well, if you want to end your showers almost as dirty as when you started, that's one good way to do it] etc., etc.. Worst of all, they get all fired up and cruise their own neighborhoods to tell all of their "ignorant, careless" neighbors how badly they are behaving to the poor, innocent, helpless Earth. I chased one off my front porch not more than two weeks ago, with the crisp comment that we were well informed about the environment and its needs, and had been 'protecting' it since before the young lady was born.
It's the "I am holier than thou" attitude that really annoys me. They don't know me, but they assume they can get a cheap mood high by instructing me on the basics of environmental preservation.
My husband is a naturalist, for goodness sake. And we are both in our 80s, which they could see if they looked. It stands to reason that we might know more about the ins and outs of environmentalism than they would.
"...sometimes they cost a little more ... okay, a lot more."
When an item costs more than a valid substitute, it almost always has a larger ecological affect than the cheap item. Organic foods require more real estate to grow less food. A cloth shopping bag uses quite a few resources in being grown, harvested and manufactured -- more resouces than the hundred or so plastic bags it will replace before it's so dirty you can't stand it or it gets lost. A Prius's drive train has a much higher ecological footprint than a conventional vehicle's drive train.